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Ask the Expert

Angela answers your questions about writing and publishing. …

“Should I pay a service to track queries I send to magazines?”

“Should I pay a service to track queries I send to magazines?”

Writers can get so caught up in the "newest" site that offers submission tracking ("Ooooh! Pie charts and bar graphs!!") that they spend very little time actually querying and writing. They're too busy looking at statistics, chatting with other writers online, and not really getting any money-making work done.…

My book costs $2700 on Amazon!? What?!?!

My book costs $2700 on Amazon!? What?!?!

Since these database errors are so prominent on Amazon, you'll see all sorts of books by unknown (and known) authors, both active and out of print, priced at out-of-this-world prices. Here's why...…

A Painfully Obvious Example of How NOT to Promote a Book!

A Painfully Obvious Example of How NOT to Promote a Book!

It's never a good idea to keep writing more and more books for a series that isn't selling. You should take several months off from writing to promote the books you already have on the market. Here's why...…

“Should I pay for a print cover AND an ebook cover for my book?” NO!

“Should I pay for a print cover AND an ebook cover for my book?” NO!

If your publisher has already created a print cover for your book (paperback or hardcover), and if they are now trying to upsell you on ebook cover design, you're getting ripped off. Putting a cover on an ebook is as easy as copying and pasting the front cover only from the print cover file, saving it as a different file, and using that in the ebook, as well as on retailer websites, like Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, and others.…

“Angela, what’s your opinion about publishers and authors hiring ‘sensitivity readers?'”

“Angela, what’s your opinion about publishers and authors hiring ‘sensitivity readers?'”

The practice of hiring "sensitivity readers" is absolutely RIDICULOUS! Books are supposed to challenge readers' thinking. They not only entertain readers, but also disturb, offend, spur people to action, expand our thinking, teach us about things, people, and societies that we would otherwise never be exposed to, and so much more! This is pre-publication censorship, plain and simple...…

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